Katelyn Williams had just one hit in Wednesday night’s nondistrict showdown with William Monroe, but it’s one the Monticello sophomore won’t soon forget.
Williams’ RBI single to left in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Mustangs to a 15-14 over the Greene Dragons to cap a dramatic comeback.
Monticello trailed 10-4 through four innings and was down by as many as five runs with six outs to go before rallying to even the season series with the Greene Dragons.
“They battled and never got down,” Monticello coach Keith Shifflett said. “We got down quite a few runs in that game and they never gave up. We’ve done that all season. Sometimes we’ve come out on the other end, but tonight proved what the resilience will do and it will pay off in the end if they just keep fighting.”
The Mustangs scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and added four more in their final at bat. Emily Morris was hit by a pitch and Kendall Gordon reached on an error to bring the tying run to the plate.
Hayley Shifflett followed with a towering three-run blast over the wall in right field, her second dinger in three days, to tie the game at 14-14. Shifflett hit her first homer of the season Monday in a 12-7 loss to Eastern View.
The rally didn’t end there.
MaKenzie Turner doubled to the gap in left centerfield and moved to third on a wild pitch to set up Williams’ heroics.
“I was just listening to the coaches and figured I needed to hit [the ball hard] to do it for my team,” Williams said. “They needed me and I’m glad I pulled through.”
The sophomore outfielder ripped a fastball deep to left field to plate Turner for the game-winning run.
“I was looking for one right down the middle,” Williams said. “I was ready for it. I’m amazed and so excited.”
The victory capped a big night at the plate for Monticello. Hayley Shifflett went 2-for-2 with a game-high five RBI and two runs scored. Turner collected three hits and drove in three runs out of the cleanup spot for the Mustangs.
“Katelyn came up big and Hayley came up huge to tie the game,” Keith Shifflett said. “It was great. Kay Kay is one of our new faces to varsity and she’s been working really hard on hitting and it paid off.”
Morris scored a game-high five runs for Monticello. She also picked up the victory in the circle.
Emma Pickett had three hits and drove in three runs to lead William Monroe (3-2). The senior also scored two runs and struck out two batters in a brief relief appearance.
Savannah Meade had two hits, including a two-run homer, to give the Greene Dragons a 14-9 lead in the fifth inning. Morgan Lam had three hits and scored three runs and Kaitlyn Napier finished with two hits and three RBI for William Monroe.
“We can’t ask for more from this team,” Keith Shifflett said. “We’re young and we’ve been working really hard. We’ve had our ups and downs, but tonight showed what incredible fight we have and I couldn’t be prouder.”